Tuesday, October 7 2014
Cheek to Cheek is a sound pairing between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, though not without flaws.
Friday, May 10 2013
MMW has long demonstrated how a bassist, drummer and keyboardist can impact the sonic landscape with their creativity.
Sunday, April 8 2012
Pianist, singer and songwriter Dave Frishberg, something of a cracked lovechild of Stephen Sondheim and Woody Allen's, is a too-little known miracle. The writer of hip ditties like "Peel Me a Grape" is also much more.
Thursday, April 28 2011
Jazzical misfit Graham Reynolds exhumes the Duke. It's awesome.
Wednesday, February 23 2011
From dusty old 78s placed tenderly on the console to reissue CDs spinning easily on the latest-model boom box, Duke Ellington's music spans generations of technology and memory, as told here by the son of a 90-year-old man who loved the Duke.
Thursday, January 13 2011
How can a kid from the 'hood today measure up to the likes of Duke Ellington? or Hank Aaron? A mythical boy from the 'hood meets these major black American figures through three recent books: 'Duke Ellington's America', 'The Last Hero' and 'Willie Mays'.
Tuesday, May 27 2008
It's fun discovering that Jackie Wilson used to be a prizefighter or imagining band members waking up a drugged-out Charlie Parker right before his solo.
Monday, February 27 2006
Call it a Portrait of an Artist as a Gentleman, the reissued Love You Madly/A Concert of Sacred Music at Grace Cathedral captures the sophisticated grace of Duke Ellington.
Thursday, August 4 2005
While even a dilettante such as myself could easily catalog a number of omissions, it wouldn't really serve any purpose -- this set covers the necessary bases in as fleet-footed a fashion as possible.